How to Make Easy, Simple, and Cheap Compost Tea

In this video, we’re going to try our hand at compost tea. And, I don’t know what I’m supposed to say now… Hi, everybody! On this video, we’re going to try our hand at compost tea. And the reason for that
is because the garden is doing really well, it’s all green and bushy. We’ve got green
beans coming in, my berries are berrying, and I found a tomato. And the corn is about six feet tall now, so… and I’m seeing flowers, you know, a
lot of flowers and buds and and the bell peppers are looking really promising. So, now’s the time to start feeding it, because now is the time where the plants are, they’re not focused on the leaves anymore; now they’re focused on the fruit.
So we need to give them all the nutrients for that. And I could just pile up some compost on there, but that just seems like a lot of work, so what
we’re gonna do is we’re gonna make some compost tea. And my husband and I were looking on the Internet for, you know, different versions of what people do, and a lot of people been using, you know, nylons, but I don’t know about you, but my nylons are not cheap, so I’m not interested in sticking them in the garden. People are talking about using air pumps with stones (you know, the bubblers that you find in fish tanks), and you know, I don’t have all that money, so we’re gonna try something different and we’re gonna start here at this very awesome garden supply store. So we’ll see what
we can find here, and I’ll get back with you. Because we MacGyver everything! Okay. Well, the first thing we were
thinking about using was actually maybe some pants,
but they are still like for five dollars for a pair, and we thought we can do better.
So then we came over here to see if we could find some pillow
cases or something like that, but as you can see, finding a pillow case is not an option. So, but what we did find was quite a bit better, and that’s… Curtain sheers for 99 cents. And so they’re thin, so they’d make an excellent net to hold the compost for the tea. Winner! Okay, so now to the compost tea. There are a lot of videos on the
internet about compost tea, and how to make it and
all kinds of stuff and they’re really good videos; they have a lot of good information. However, a lot of it is not real conducive to my ability to be lazy. So we’re gonna try something a little
different and although I have some reservations, my husband assures me that it will work. So, I love him, I’m gonna trust him. What we have here is a thirty-two foot- a thirty-two gallon bin, and we got it at HD Supply for less than ten dollars with tax, and a lid. So, they’re really cheap we have a lot of
them around here, so we’re not sacrificing much when it comes to this. We have a 10 gallon air pump for an aquarium, we have a six-inch air stone, and then eight feet of air tubing. Now, eight feet is – when it comes down to it, eight feet ended up not being enough, and this is what we decided to do, because it’s 3 foot up, and another three feet back down, and then you’ve got the arch the arching over the lip and then you’ve also got the arching for the for the stone at the bottom. Either the stone’s not going to lay flat, or the pump’s not going to lay where we want it to be and
it’s going to severely limit where we can put this bin, and if we need me to move (it which happens a lot), we can’t move it far. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to actually drill a
hole in the bottom edge here, and tuck the tubing through.
And that’s where this comes in. As seen on TV by Billy Mays (may you rest in peace, Billy, we miss
your over-animated commercials) we’re actually going to use, oh, just a little bit of this to make sure
that we get a good seal so we don’t start leaking. And basically, it’s going to be a semi-permanent air stone mount in the bottom of this can.
And what that gives us is the eight feet of the tubing plus the length of the cord on the pump to be able to move the can where we need it on that particular day. So, let’s get going. Okay, so while we’re waiting for the glue to dry, do you remember that sheer? Well, here we go. By my math, we decided that well, just, by math being I guessed. I decided that that sheer will make four tea bags. So, that’s what we’re gonna do right now, is make the tea bags. What I have here is a little can, it’s got 6 scoops of of composted manure. Three of them is from chickens, and three of them are from cows. And I’ve got them mixed up real well. Not sure how much will get in here or will fit in the square, but I’ll pour it in, tie it up real good, and then we’ll go from there. I know there’s a lot of other things out
there that could be used you know, such as worm castings and such, but look at my garden. And I’m not really willing to spend fifteen dollars a bag right now when you can look at my garden. Maybe next year we’ll use our own worm castings. We’ll see. So let’s… let’s go. Pouring it in. So, the glue is almost cured, and so in the
meantime I thought I’d address a question. Many of you (and by many, I mean the
three that are actually watching) have asked me, if California’s in a drought,
then how do I have such a beautiful garden? And the answer to that is a reckless dog, and a little forethought. The reckless
dog meaning at some point in the recent past, my dog
in her shenanigans, ripped down the downspout from my house and I
haven’t been able to get it back up. But I used the opportunity to take a few
extra bins I had over March and April, and collect some of the
rainwater coming off my roof. And so that’s what we have. And I put- use the plastic over it to keep the… I put the plastic over it to keep the mosquitoes out. so now I have a fresh… some fresh water that’s not coming out of my municipality, and it’s helping water my garden. Now to put the stone in. Like the crack? Yeah. Release the Kragle! Now to test the seal. Okay, so. I’ve seen a lot of videos where people will put
these together with bags and they’ll just hang it on a hook on the side of the can. And what that – as a tea drinker,
anybody knows that when you put a good chunk of the
bag against the side, there’s that much flow that doesn’t
happen through the bag and it’s not nearly as effective. So you end up having
to do more to get the same amount. And I don’t have more: I am broke. So, using you know, we got a small stone, we got a small pump,
don’t have a whole lot of bubbles. to work with, so what I want to do in
order to get the maximum aeration and aerobic action through my compost tea bag is I’ve got the loop, bamboo stick: voila! Right? And it just sits right there. And holds it right above the bubbles
right in the bubbles. But then I thought about something, and that was: the direct sunlight is not
good in this situation. so… we came up with another idea. My shield. So this is how it works: got a shorter stick, right? and it’s on the loop, and I happen to have holes in my cans, and… Ta-daah! Okay, one final note. I know there’s a
lot of people that put blackstrap molasses into their
compost tea, and that’s fine but I don’t have a lot of blackstrap unsulphurated molasses at my disposal.
However, what I do have is a whole lot of honey, and its raw honey. but here’s where the controversy begins.
I know that honey has a lot of really great qualities, such as it’s an antiseptic. But what you need to
remember about honey is they use honey to make mead. So they’ve got a way of making sure that
those little yeasties survive in that and what they do is they dilute it. I know this because I’ve made several
batches (it’s pretty good stuff, too.) However, what I’m going to – I’m going to use somewhere between a quarter,
maybe a half a cup of water in this whole bin – er – honey in this whole bin (Sorry!) and and let it go, and do that. But if anybody wants to complain about it still, and they still don’t believe me, even though I I’ve studied honey (’cause I love it) there’s my garden. That corn is six weeks and two days old. So try me! Are you liking watching these videos? Because I’m liking making these videos.
No, seriously! I enjoy taking my already injured husband and dragging him out here on his only day off to film me making these, to help me do it,
to do the slave labor in the background, and then he turns around and he does all the editing, and the
audio work, and all of that just so you guys can hear what I’m saying,
and understand what’s going on and it’s all wonderful. I really enjoy it, and I’d like to
keep doing that. So if you would do me a huge favor and hit the like button and subscribe
button, leave me comments, I will answer your comments, I love
reading them, and yeah, please, so that I can make more.
And gardening is not the only thing we’re doing, it just happens to be the only
thing I’m doing right now. So, thank you so much! Love you guys, and I’ll see you next time!
Bye! {By math, being I guessed.}

3 thoughts on “How to Make Easy, Simple, and Cheap Compost Tea

  1. Hey cuz, didn't realize you were into this stuff too. I've just really started over the last year but want this to be the direction. Simplify, get self sustained etc. I'll be watching. David

  2. Amy that was awesome, I loved especially how you refer to the least expensive way to do it and the easier "lazy" way!!! But my question is what is compost tea? I have never heard of it or heard of mead as when you referred to the honey? Love your videos! Say hi to your honey for me!

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